We can use VBA to convert and Save the Excel File as XML file. This example macro will help us to know how to convert Excel Worksheet into a XML file format. This can be used in Excel 2003,2007,2010,2013.

vba code to convert excel to XML- Syntax

Here is the example Excel VBA Syntax to convert the Excel to XML format.

Workbook.SaveAs fileName:="filepath to save the csv file", FileFormat:=xlXMLSpreadsheet, ReadOnlyRecommended:=False, CreateBackup:=False

VBA code to Convert and Save the Excel to XML- Example

Here is the example macro to convert the Excel worksheet to XML file.

'vba code to convert excel to xml
Sub vba_code_to_convert_excel_to_xml()
Set wb = Workbooks.Open("C:\temp\testwb.xlsx")
wb.SaveAs fileName:="C:\temp\testX.xml", FileFormat:= _
        xlXMLSpreadsheet, ReadOnlyRecommended:=False, CreateBackup:=False

End Sub

This macro will open an existing Excel workbook from the C drive and Convert the file into XML and Save the file with .xml extension in the specified Folder. We are using Workbook Open method to open a file. SaveAs method to Save the file into destination folder. This example will be help full, if you wan to convert all excel files in a directory into XML (xlXMLSpreadsheet format) file.

VBA code to Convert and Save the Excel to XML- Instructions

Please follow the below step by step instructions to test this Example VBA Macro codes:

  • Step 1: Open a New Excel workbook
  • Step 2: Press Alt+F11 – This will open the VBA Editor (alternatively, you can open it from Developer Tab in Excel Ribbon)
  • Step 3: Insert a code module from then insert menu of the VBE
  • Step 4: Copy the above code and paste in the code module which have inserted in the above step
  • Step 5: Change the Workbook name in the code as per your example folder and also change the destination file path as per your requirement
  • Step 6: Now press F5 to execute the code or F8 to debug the Macro to check the macro
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  1. nanette.willis@nch.com August 17, 2017 at 2:23 AM

    When converting from XLSM to XML are the macros included in the XML?

  2. Dilip Shah May 24, 2020 at 2:58 PM

    I think you should first apply your steps first at your end and test how it works. It is not able to generate xml file as suggested.

    • Chris P October 20, 2020 at 10:03 PM

      You need to have an existing workbook

  3. venu June 1, 2020 at 1:39 PM

    how to set nodes instead of data

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